The 2, 045m view from Rochers-de-Naye in the Alps down to Montreux and Lac Leman. The mountains around Hauts-de-Montreux are criss-crossed with forest paths, cute villages, caves and wildlife. Photo by Zacharie Grossen.
You can get to Rochers by train and don’t have to do anything more strenuous than admiring the staggering views, having a Swiss lunch (the restaurant has had some very mixed reviews! ) or a picnic, and strolling among the 1, 000 species in the Rambertia alpine garden and visit the marmots in ‘Marmots’ Paradise’ where marmots from around the world live in an observable system of underground burrows.
Alternatively, drive to Col de Jaman and hike for a mere two or three hours to get there.
Getting to Rochers-de-Naye
In order to get there you can take the pricey train or walk the 2000m up/down. We would probably chose the combination of train up and walk down.
The best thing about the Montreux to Rochers-de-Naye trail is you’re never far from a rail station, so it’s a doddle to hop on a train if you get tired. The really pretty part of the walk starts at Haut-de-Caux so one budget transport option is to take the train to this station and start hiking from there, making the journey a mere 4 hours to get 1000m up/down. Alternatively get off at Dent-De-Jaman, just below the peak, where you can enjoy the views and fresh air with minimal activity.
The Rochers-de-Naye trail does require a map as there are varied routes, proper hiking shoes, water, variable clothing according to altitude/season and even a torch/flashlight if you wish to explore the Grottes de Naye caves on the way.
For a serious scenic walk in the Montreux area hikers could also try the six hour ‘Haute Route de la Riviera’ between Les Pléiades and Rochers-de-Naye, 2045m above Montreux.